The Mansfield Halloween Parade returned to downtown on Saturday with ghouls, goblins, many costumed children and decorated floats.
Norm Shoemaker, president of the Mid Ohio Labor Council, said unions and the city of Mansfield worked together to organize the parade, which started at 10 a.m.
“We wanted to do something for the kids – something safe and something for them,” Shoemaker said.
On Saturday, Shoemaker said he was delighted with the turnout in Central Park after the parade, where unions and others handed out goodies from floats that lined the square.
Workers’ Local 1216 gave each child an orange soccer ball and the Richland Bank gave out candy and crayons.
Shelly Smith & Sons Towing handed out sweets and lifted each child into the driver’s seat of a huge tow truck allowing them to pull the cord to sound the loud horn.
The parade featured many floats and the marching bands from Mansfield Senior High School and Madison Comprehensive High School.
A band of batons twirled fire batons and Halloween favorites, including music to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the theme song to “Ghostbusters.”
The parade also included a large tank converted into a pirate ship by the Mid-Ohio Area CLC/AFL-CIO and an old fire truck from the Mansfield Fire Museum.
Children came dressed as Spider Man, princesses, witches and there was even a nun wearing a scary mask handing out candy to children along the parade route.
There was plenty of candy for everyone, as downtown merchants were also giving out candy in their stores from 11 a.m. and a citywide sleight of hand was taking place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday .
Mansfield Police monitored the parade route for security reasons.